Susanne Pillmann was born in 1987 in Engelskirchen, a municipality in Germany. From 2002 to 2007 she had private lessons with Jutta Stellberg-Schumacher, graduate of the Arts Academy of the city of Düsseldorf, Germany. During that time, Pillmann created objets d’art showing putative everyday objects as mythical cognition, and acquired the habit to always use an elaborate artistic execution and oil paints of premium quality in paintings.
2007 she completed her special graded assignment in art with distinction.
2008 to 2014 she studied Art and German at University of Cologne. Since 2011 she has been creating works of art that address and provoke escapism, and that at the same time still convey pictures and impressions based upon the principles of myth. Since then, she has been developing a Kafkaesk and contemplative style.
2014 she completed her thesis „Monomyth“, which was assessed as outstanding, at Art Professor Doris Schuhmacher-Chilla and the first lecturer Rainer Barzen. In the same year, she passed her First State Examination. 2015 she was staging gigs in London and was nominated for the Valentine Rothe Prize.
Final State, oil painting (on canvas), 2015
To reveal a perception of human self-assertion and an appropriate humanism is the general idea behind my work. With this in mind, the function of my art is to be thought-provoking and to allow the individual viewer to approximate key questions of human identity as well as contemporary socio-cultural questions self-determinedly – such as constantly ongoing identity formation processes and various violent actions.
Final state is intended to expose specific human yearnings and desires: suited self-assertion and affinity as well as contemporary search for identity. At the same time it is aimed at revealing life’s deathliness in a subtle way. Linked to all that mentioned aspects, in my view, inner and outer peace is always the desired (final) state.
Moreover, Final state shall positively support and affect the viewer’s aforesaid spiritual cravings for recognition, peace and and self affirmation: It is supposed to offer a co-perception that shares humanistic impulses in the framework of contemporary history and fundamental issues. Incidentally, the latter is the reason why painting is the medium best suited to my intentions.
We are united by death, which waits for all of us. Between the poles of life and death there is a longing for peace but also an urge to look away from terrifying violent actions as a form of self-protection. It is possible to look away from war and death and/or furthermore, to search for meaning – and pacific possibilities.
The audience is invited to perceptions of (current) life against the background of constructive criticism and to individually transform them in pacific actions.